Make your summertime cookouts the stuff of legend with some Pat LaFrieda Burger Blends ($30-$35). As third-generation butchers, Pat LaFrieda supplies some of NYC's top restaurants with the same options as you'll find here, including a pork shoulder & beef burger blend, a brisket burger blend, a turkey burger blend, and the "Ultimate" blend of Black Angus chuck, brisket, and short-rib cuts. Patty, grill, and serve — and don't forget the beer.
Jerky aficionados and simple snackers alike should enjoy the tasty meat that comes from SlantShack Jerky ($10-$52). Available in grain- or grass-fed beef varieties, this artisanal snack can also be purchased in pre-formulated, Chef's Choice form, while more adventurous eaters can use the Build-a-Jerky tool to pick their own meat, marinade, rub, and glaze, resulting in a super-fresh product that's way beyond what you'll find bagged up at the local convenience mart.